Eric Phillips serves as President of Global Distribution Strategy at Discovery. He is responsible for the strategic oversight and distribution for global digital platforms, with a focus on direct-to-consumer partnerships for discovery+, the company’s recently launched streaming service. Phillips leads the enhanced alignment across global distribution and supports the company’s overall commercial partnerships strategy.
Phillips has been with Discovery since 2002. In his most recent role as President of Affiliate Distribution, he was responsible for the strategic oversight and distribution of Discovery’s networks and content in the U.S. and Canada. Phillips drove growth of Discovery’s portfolio with cable, satellite and telco distributors. He was instrumental in launching new networks, increasing distribution of existing networks, and accelerating the adoption of Discovery’s HD, VOD, short-form and TV Everywhere content.
Phillips has been at the center of Discovery’s efforts to launch new products and expand its reach to new platforms. Under his leadership, Discovery was among the first programmers on mobile and web-based platforms and has consistently grown its presence with digital distributors as the marketplace has evolved. Phillips led the company’s efforts to obtain industry-leading carriage of its networks on virtual over-the-top platforms. More recently, the Distribution team secured placement on all major streaming platforms and entered into significant promotional partnerships leading up to the launch of discovery+.
Prior to his role as President of Affiliate Distribution, Phillips held a dual position as Executive Vice President of Distribution and Executive Vice President/COO of Discovery Education. At Discovery Education, Phillips led sales, strategic business development, and operations through a period of rapid growth and change. His work was critical to making Discovery Education a global leader in providing educators with digital resources to enrich the classroom.
Before joining Discovery, Phillips worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling practicing corporate law. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Federal Appeals Court Judge Diana E. Murphy. He also worked on Capitol Hill as an aide handling media, technology, commerce, civil rights and education issues. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a law degree from the University of Michigan.